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Life Story / Obituary
Ruth Elizabeth (Thiede) Flynn passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of Wednesday December 15, 2021 in Canton, Michigan.
Ruth was 83 years old, born on October 31st, 1938. She lived an incredibly devout and blessed life which started in Detroit Michigan. She grew up on Bryce Street in Grosse Pointe the fifth of six children. She is survived by her brother Peter Thiede. Ruth was a good student and graduated from St. Anthony’s High School. She enjoyed working at Saunders for her first job, and went on to one of her favorite jobs working at the local post office, and then Edison Power Company for several years.
She married the love of her life, Robert G. Flynn, on January 7,1961 and they went on to raise a large family of six children, three boys and three girls: Denise (Patrick), Glenn, Andy, Julie (Dan), Joyce (Mark) and Larry. The two of them were very happily married, doting grandparents, and wonderful partners in life until Bob’s sudden passing in November 2014.
When Ruth’s children started school, she went back to work at Meijers for many years where she made some wonderful lifelong friends. Later, as her two youngest children were finishing high school and going off to college, she completed her Associates Degree Magna Cum Laude from Oakland Community College in 1994. Once completed, she went on to work at MLS Listing Co for roughly ten happy and productive years. She retired to playing her husband’s Personal Assistant for his busy CPA business, enjoying her grandchildren, and taking adventures locally and internationally.
Ruth has seen a fair bit of the world. From atop an elephant in Thailand, to the sands of Hawaii and Fort Meyers Beach, to the beer halls of Munich, to the local beauty of Mackinaw, South Haven, Mullet Lake, the Indian River area, and Ludington Ruth always carried her home in her heart, and wherever she traveled, she was always excited to return home and share the details of her experiences.
Ruth was small in stature, but unmistakably powerful, principled and loving. She was incredibly strong and tenacious with a will for living honestly, intuitively, and compassionately. People remember her for her quiet sharp wit and wry sense of humor, as well as her beautiful smile and the way she could command her children with a single look, and bring down a room with one sly, understated one-liner.
Her heart beats on through a legacy of six children, fourteen grandchildren and eight, soon to be nine, great-grand children. We have lost our most beloved matriarch, but have gained an angel that will live within each of us everyday.
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